LRC - Tutorial Center

The Tutorial Center provides individual appointment, drop-in, and online tutoring for students who need academic assistance outside the classroom. Tutoring is conducted by instructor approved peer tutors. Tutoring services are free to any ARC enrolled student.  Students interested in becoming Peer Tutors and have demonstrated proficiency in a specific subject are advised to enroll in the tutor training course: LRC 300. 

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Requesting Tutoring - How Tutoring Works

Drop-in Tutoring

Check the current posted schedule or visit the main counter.

We offer drop-in tutoring for subjects in high demand. You may receive help on a first-come basis at any time during the posted hours. Drop-in tutors have fixed schedules.

Drop-in tutoring is for quick questions, and periods of time when you work through the material on your own.  Drop-in tutoring is not designed to be an in-depth private tutoring session.

Drop-in tutors work with more than one student at a time.  Waiting times may vary depending on the time of day and busier peek hours, generally 11am-2pm are busier hours.

When you arrive to the center, you will need to use your Student Access Card to check yourself in and out at the tutoring counter. 

When you have a question, you need to add yourself to the electronic queue system (ask counter staff for instructions). 

Please be aware that tutors cannot help you with special projects, extra credit, take-home quizzes or homework problems.

Individual Appointment Tutoring

Contact the Tutorial Center to request an appointment. If we have a tutor for your course, you can schedule appointments according to the tutor's availability.

You may schedule appointments two weeks in advance, upon availability; however, you must schedule the appointments at least 24 hours in advance. Please note that you may not schedule appointments that are more than 2 consecutive hours long. Additionally, you may have up to 2 hours of appointments, per subject.

If your tutor is not in the center when you arrive for your appointment, check with the staff at the counter. Please wait at least 10 minutes past the appointment time before you leave. 

You must call to notify the center if you are running late (916-484-8808).  Tutors are allowed to leave after 10 minutes into the appointment time.

If you need to cancel your appointment, call or stop by the Tutorial Center at least 24 hours in advance. If you are not on campus, call the Tutorial Center at (916) 484-8808.  If you do not call or notify the center at least 24 hours in advance, this is considered a "no show."  Please note that if you have two "no shows," you will be blocked from making future appointments until you speak with the Tutorial Center Coordinator. If you get another no show after you speak with the coordinator and have 3 no shows altogether, you will be blocked from making appointments for the remainder of the semester. You can still come in for drop-in tutoring, but you will no longer be allowed to make appointments.

Recurring Appointment Tutoring

Recurring weekly appointments are set for the term: same day, same time, same place. 

You may only select one course per term for your recurring appointment .  For example, if you need help with English, Math and Spanish but Math is the most challenging, we recommend you choose Math for the recurring appointment .  You are still eligible to receive tutoring for the other subjects (English and Spanish); however these appointments will need to be booked as regular individual appointments (see above). 

Recurring appointments are limited; apply early in the term to increase your chances of finding a tutor that meets your schedule. 

There is no guarantee that a tutor will be available per your request; it depends on the number of tutors available for your subject and/or the department's budget constraints. 

If you cannot attend a session, you are responsible for notifying the tutor directly at least 24 hours in advance.  Missed appointments cannot be rescheduled.

Embedded Tutoring

Embedded Tutoring

The Embedded Tutor Program is a collaboration between the LRC’s Tutorial Center and department faculty. The Tutorial Center will hire and pay faculty recommended students to be placed in the classroom for the duration of the course (lecture and/or lab). The embedded tutor works in the class as:

  • a peer tutor
  • a mentor
  • a model for successful academic strategies and habits

Working closely with the instructor, an embedded tutor may offer a seasoned student voice to class discussions, lead small break-out sessions, or provide one-on-one mini-tutorials. Embedded tutors can offer in-class tutoring and promote essential academic skills necessary for students to succeed in college level coursework.

Primary Goals of Embedded Tutoring

  • Offer extra help to students to become independent learners
  • Assist students in reaching a higher level of competence in a particular subject
  • Assist students in becoming active in the learning process

Embedded Tutors are not permitted to do the following:

  • Grade assignments
  • Hold out of class individual tutoring or study groups (requires LRC 300 or 310)
  • Complete student work. Instead, use questions, demonstration, practice, examples, etc.
  • Teach the class anything new unless it is part of the instruction intended by the teacher. 

Benefits to Students

Not only will students benefit from an in-class peer perspective, but tutors themselves will benefit from providing this valuable service: 

  • Increased understanding of subject material
  • Interaction with faculty and increased inclusion in campus life
  • Work experience
  • On-campus employment, flexible schedule, hourly wage
  • Experience helping others

Embedded Tutor Eligibility Criteria

  • GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Currently enrolled in at least 6 units
  • Request from ARC faculty for courses the applicant wishes to tutor
  • Completion of application packet through the Tutorial Center in the Learning Resource Center

Note: Students can be currently enrolled in the course, previously have taken it, or be proficient and suitable to assist in the course content


Peer Tutor Information

About Peer Tutors

Peer Tutors provide tutoring for many lower level and some upper level division courses. Tutors coach students in their understanding and skills in the subject, helping them to succeed on their own after the tutoring session. 

What You'll Need to Do

All new Peer Tutors must enroll in the LRC 300, Introduction to Tutor Training, a one unit hybrid course and attend the mandatory orientation on:

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 2:00 to the LRC, room 104.

In addition to the orientation, class will meet every Wednesday from 2:00 -3:20 p.m (see schedule for specific dates).
All tutors must be enrolled in a minimum of six units or more and have earned a "B" or better in the courses they plan to tutor.
Must maintain an overall 3.0 GPA.
Must have written approval from an ARC faculty member.

What You'll Get

You will earn money. Pay for peer tutors (student help employee) is $12.00 per hour as of January 1, 2019.
You will learn the subject better.
You will add work experience to your resume.

Student Frequently Asked Questions

How are tutors chosen? - Do tutors receive any special training?

Instructors usually recommend students to become tutors. At other times, students decide on their own to become tutors. In either case, all tutors must be approved by an ARC faculty member before and received a grade of "B" or better in the course they want to tutor or in a course sequentially above it before they may start tutoring. 

Yes, all tutors must enroll in LRC300, Introduction to Tutoring Training, to be eligible to tutor. 

If I only have a quick question, may I drop-in and get help right away?

If you have a quick question, you should check the drop-in schedule.  If your course is not available under drop-in, stop by or call the Tutorial Center to check for tutor availability. If drop-in help is available for your course, you may come into the center during the scheduled hours and receive immediate assistance on a first come basis.

Can tutors help with homework?

The goal of tutoring is for you to understand the material.   If a tutor works directly on your homework problem, it is very easy to give away the answer rather than help you understand the material. Tutors are trained to work on similar problems that highlight some of the strategies and techniques so you may complete the homework on your own. Besides, if you leave your session with a completed homework assignment and without the knowledge required, not only are you turning in an assignment that is not your own (a violation of academic honesty policies) but you are also leaving with a false sense of your own understanding.

What if I have another appointment or I am ill and cannot come for my session?

If you need to cancel your appointment, stop by the center at least 24 hours in advance. If you are not on campus, call the Tutorial Center at (916) 484-8808.  If you don't call to notiify the center, this is considred an "absence/no show." Please note that if you have two "absences" in your student file without 24 hour notices, the tutor may drop you from his or her schedule and you may lose appointment privileges for the remainder of the term.

Will I have the opportunity to evaluate my tutor?

Yes, surveys are conducted every semester.

When Should I Use Tutoring? - How Should I Use Tutoring?


  • Early!
  • When you are struggling with a concept
  • When you are trying to assess how deeply you comprehend the material
  • When you feel stuck on problem-solving


To get the most out of your time with a tutor, prepare ahead for the session. The tutor will ask what you want to work on, so come knowing what you want to accomplish with the tutor. You might come...

  • To work through a question on a problem set
  • To review for a test
  • To talk through a concept you covered in lecture, lab, or reading
  • To organize class material and create study tools

Do you offer Online Tutoring?

The Tutorial Center offers two FREE options for online tutoring to ARC students:

1) Online tutoring is available through a vendor called NetTutor: an online tutoring service available 24/7 for many subjects.  Sign up for FREE online tutoring here to start online tutoring through your Canvas site right away.  NetTutor provides highly-qualified tutors in the following subjects: Accounting, Anatomy/Physiology, Anthropology, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Communications, Computer Science, Criminology, Economics, Engineering, Finance, French, Geology, German, History, Italian, Math (through Pre-Calculus and Calculus & above), Nursing, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, and Statistics. For other tutoring services in the LRC's Tutorial Center, including individual appointments and drop-in tutoring, please complete the online registration/referral.

2)  Online tutoring is also available through a partnership with Sacramento Public Library.   Free live tutoring is available Sunday--Saturday 1pm-11pm for  help in the following college level subjects: Algebra, Biology, Calculus 1, Chemistry, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Statistics, Trigonometry as well as for writing assignments through the Writing Lab.  Tutoring is also available for Adult Learners in basic, intermediate, and advanced help in Math, Reading, and Writing.  For more information about how to get immediate access to free online resources through the Sacramento Public Libary, check out this PDF document with information.


Dean: Interim Gary Hartley
Coordinator: TBA
Phone: 916-484-8808


Fall 2019 Hours
August 26th – Dec 12th
Monday 9:00am – 8:00pm
Tuesday 9:00am – 8:00pm
Wednesday 9:00am – 8:00pm
Thursday 9:00am – 7:00pm
Friday 10:00am - 4:00pm
Closed Weekends
Appointments & Drop-Ins begin September 3rd
Labor Day – September 2nd (closed)
Veterans Day – November 11th (closed)
Thanksgiving Recess - November 28th - December 1st (closed)


Learning Resource Center (LRC) 115

Please Note: The staff will do their best to find a tutor; however there is no guarantee a tutor will be available. 

Bring your Student Access Card to each session and use it to check in and out at the tutoring counter.

If you have any questions regarding any of these services, please contact the Tutorial Center at 916-484-8808 or email us at for more information.

Online Tutoring Option

Register Here

Please complete the online form  prior to receiving services.

  Registration - Referral

How Tutoring Works

All tutoring services will take place in the Tutorial Center located inside the Learning Resource Center (LRC).

When you register for tutoring, you will automatically be enrolled in LRC 1000: supervised tutoring; a no fee, no grade, no credit course.

You will need your Los Rios Student Access Card when you come to tutoring.

Please Note: The staff will do their best to find a tutor; however there is no guarantee a tutor will be available.